31 August 2009

The Lawyer

  • 2Birds joins forces with Chinese IP boutique

    31 August 2009

    ?Bird & Bird has formed an alliance with Beijing IP boutique Xiang Kung Law Firm, with the aim of strengthening its contentious capabilities in China.

  • A claim of two halves

    31 August 2009

    The Radmacher case heard in the Court of Appeal, which accepted the viability of a prenup against the ruling of the first instance judge, appears to have allowed for an incursion of foreign law into English courts. By Henry Brookman

  • A&O and Linklaters take on Schaeffler debt restructure

    31 August 2009

    Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have played key roles in the restructuring of German company Schaeffler’s debt, paving the way for the ball-bearing producer to merge with auto-parts manufacturer Continental.

  • Back to school

    31 August 2009

    First day back from the summer break, and lawyers across the country are rushing to their desks with smiles on their faces and a song in their hearts.

  • Bahrain teams with AAA to launch arbitration centre

    31 August 2009

    ?Bahrain is to open an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centre in a move aimed at bolstering legal capabilities across the ­Middle East.

  • Burges Salmon staff cull continues

    31 August 2009

    ?Burges Salmon is to make up to 27 business services staff and four property lawyers redundant as part of the second phase of its internal restructuring. The Bristol firm launched its cost-cutting drive in March, making 18 associates redundant and deferring start dates for seven of its future trainees. After completing a review of its business support function the firm has announced a second redundancy ...

  • C&I Group establishes group for City bank lawyers

    31 August 2009

    The Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group is ­setting up a sub-group aimed at providing support for London-based in-house banking lawyers.

  • Camerons draws up future battle plans

    31 August 2009

    ?CMS Cameron McKenna has created business responses for three potential scenarios as it prepares for a challenging year ahead.

  • CC holds fire on litigation successor

    31 August 2009

    Clifford Chance has delayed the appointment of a global litigation head to replace Mark Kirsch as it seeks to redefine the role.

  • City duo seals Storm deal for Spice Girls manager

    31 August 2009

    Simon Fuller’s celebrity management agency 19 Entertainment has bought a majority stake in the Storm model agency, leading to instructions for Charles Russell and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).

  • Clifford Chance steals a march on Links over Montagu sell-off

    31 August 2009

    Clifford Chance has muscled in on Linklaters’ client Montagu Private Equity by acting on a rare leveraged buyout in ­Germany.

  • DLA Piper brings in ex-Linklaters partner

    31 August 2009

    ?DLA Piper has hired former Linklaters corporate partner Jon Hayes. Hayes’ practice focuses on international M&A and ­capital markets advisory work. At DLA Piper he will work ­alongside the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa corporate head Juan Picon and will focus on strengthening relationships with Asian clients. ...

  • Doughty Street opens Manchester outpost

    31 August 2009

    Doughty Street Chambers has set up shop in Manchester after four barristers defected from Garden Court North ­Chambers to join the civil liberties set. Doughty Street director Robin Jackson said it would provide a base from which the set will grow. The branch is to be manned by four former ­Garden Court North barristers: Nick Stanage, Paul Draycott, ­Farrhat Arshad and Erimnaz Mushtaq. The move comes after London’s 39 Essex Street announced its Manchester launch in April. 39 Essex Street ...

  • Engaged tone

    31 August 2009

    What a difference a year of mass job cuts makes. A year ago YouGov’s first legal sector employee engagement survey revealed a chasm between the level of engagement felt by lawyers and business services staff, with the latter feeling undervalued, underpaid and out of the loop.

  • Eversheds heads effort to increase diversity

    31 August 2009

    ?Eversheds has teamed up with City rivals and three recruitment firms to tackle the issue of diversity in legal recruitment.

  • FFW unveils alternative to partner position

    31 August 2009

    ?Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has introduced a new career path for senior associates as an alternative to partnership.

  • Former MTV legal duo bag News Corp, Arsenal posts

    31 August 2009

    ?Two alumni of MTV Europe’s legal team have landed new jobs in recent weeks, with Andrea Appella taking a role at News ­Corporation and Svenja Geissmar becoming ­Arsenal FC’s first general counsel.

  • Forsters targets Middle East, Africa with Radcliffes capture

    31 August 2009

    Private client and ­property boutique Forsters has hired former ­RadcliffesLeBrasseur ­private client chief Kelly Noel-Smith.

  • Going East

    2-Sep-2009

    As the likes of Allen & Overy and Norton Rose set out ambitious litigation growth plans, Herbert Smith is busy consolidating.

  • GTM bags Paul Hastings tax lawyer

    31 August 2009

    ?Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has hired Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s London vice-chairman to bulk up its tax practice in the City. Justin Hamer is the seventh partner to join the US firm in London since it launched in June. GTM launched with Mayer Brown co-vice-chair Paul Maher. Maher was joined by Mayer Brown partners Fiona Adams and Cate Sharp before hiring a capital markets trio from White ...

  • Hewitsons cuts salaries to stave off job cuts

    31 August 2009

    ?Fee-earners across Cambridge-headquartered firm Hewitsons’ offices have had their pay cut, but their hours have been reduced by a disproportionate amount.

  • Local heroes

    31 August 2009

    Ignoring the lure of international expansion, the Greek legal market remains primarily made up of family-run firms focused on the local market.

  • Macfarlanes makes surprise laterals to grow restructuring, litigation nous

    31 August 2009

    Macfarlanes has made the first double partner hire in its history, taking on restructuring specialist Francis Bridgeman from Allen & Overy (A&O) and litigator Barry Donnelly from Jones Day.

  • Mishcon brings home bank bonuses victory

    31 August 2009

    Mishcon de Reya has won compensation for a quartet of bankers who had their bonuses withheld after their employer was bought by Commerzbank.

  • MLaw hires add film, regulatory expertise

    31 August 2009

    ?London media boutique MLaw is branching out into film and regulatory work after hiring a pair of partners from Charles Russell.

  • Norton Rose puts US high on agenda

    31 August 2009

    Norton Rose has stepped up its pursuit of a US ­merger following its June tie-up with Australian firm Deacons. And the firm has now widened its search beyond the confines of New York.

  • Opinion: The true cost of legal regulation

    31 August 2009

    Can I set out some facts about the recently reported comments on the financial impact of the new regulatory regime?

  • People moves

    31 August 2009

    Osborne Clarke is set to strengthen its banking and finance disputes practice with the hire of partner Ed Crosse from Clifford Chance.

  • Profession takes a deep breath as fears of Armageddon are put to bed

    31 August 2009

    ?With the catastrophic predictions of the economic downturn failing to fully materialise, Margaret Taylor reflects on firms’ past, present and future strategies

  • Revealed: gloomy prospects fail to deter wannabe partners

    31 August 2009

    YouGov survey finds greater proportion of junior lawyers coveting partnership in year that promotions nosedive

  • Rose from the ashes

    31 August 2009

    From an explosive setback in the 1990s, the past decade has seen Norton Rose consolidate its business - yet its key overseas ambitions remain a work in progress

  • Shearman suffers double Brussels exits

    31 August 2009

    Shearman & Sterling’s European network has been hit by the defection of two Brussels antitrust partners to Arnold & Porter. Shearman’s Brussels office has been left with no permanent partners after Annette Schild and Silvio Cappellari left for Arnold & Porter along with counsel Stephanie Birmann. ­Shearman’s Brussels office now has just two associates, with competition partner Hans Jurgen Meyer-Lindemann splitting his time between Düsseldorf and Brussels.

  • SRA accedes to Law Society demands with London launch

    31 August 2009

    The incoming chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board Charles Plant has vowed to heal rifts between the ­regulator and the City by opening a London office.

  • SRA board responds to City ire with big firm appointments

    31 August 2009

    ?The newly appointed board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is littered with City stars, highlighting a change in direction for the SRA, which has come under fire for failing to address the concerns of major commercial firms.

  • Thirsty work

    31 August 2009

    For someone who doesn’t drink much, Sabine Chalmers has made a niche for herself in the top legal post at Anheuser-Busch InBev.

  • TLT ditches lockstep to focus on performance

    31 August 2009

    ?South West firm TLT Solicitors is consulting with partners about overhauling the firm’s lockstep to adopt a more merit-based system.

  • Travers’ chief-to-be takes Indian sabbatical

    31 August 2009

    ?Travers Smith’s incoming managing partner Andrew Lilley, who takes over from Chris Carroll in January, will take a five-week break during October and November to work at Ashray Akrutia, a school for the deaf in India. Adopt A Business, a UK company that organises sabbaticals for professionals, arranged the sabbatical for Lilley, who will apply his business expertise to ­running the school. Travers ...

  • Tulkinghorn: Bashes to ashes

    31 August 2009

    Tulkinghorn would like to doff his cap, incline his head and metaphorically shake the virtual hand of Eversheds, for what turned out to be the serendipitous invitation of the summer.

  • Winston grows… conservatively

    31 August 2009

    While most firms have resorted to cutbacks and layoffs, Winston has grasped the nettle and expanded its overseas capabilities

  • Work Life Quiz: Ilya Nikiforov, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

    31-Aug-2009

    What was your first-ever job?A summer job fixing wooden boxes at a greenhouse compound. I was given a lesson in work ethics by being reprimanded for working too intensively.